5140 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002734.098011 -118.302021
Neighborhoods: Hollywood, Central LA
Great Vegetarian Fare – Its the best hole in the wall ever. It's unassuming at first, but once you press that buzzard and the host lets you in, you step into a lush landscape and forget that you're in LA. The owner usually greets you at the door with the most friendliest of smiles. I mean if you love Indian food, you must visit this place. Not only for the atmosphere, but for the experience.
A small Piece of Heaven – Paru's is like a trip to a small village in the south of India. The food is always wonderful regardless of the day or time of day. I visit here with freinds that say they hate vegetarian food and by the end of dinner they say "wow!!, I never knew Indian vegetarian food was so good and so varied.
a one of a kind indian dining experience – theres something quasi-magical about paru's, it might have something to do with the contrast between the nasty location and exterior with the warmth and intimacy of the interior. something about being let in after ringing the doorbell already makes you feel invited, like youre having dinner at a friends house, the food is not the typical indian fare, i frequent indian restaurants all over the country and i had to ask what 80% of the dishes on the menu were, its very heavy on the carbs so u south-beach dieters might wanna stick to the side dishes like curried vegetables or masala, the flavor of everything was exquisite, and being a vegan, im always happy to see restaurants endorsing cruelty-free healthy menus, id go back here in a heartbeat, highly recommended!! ;)
My Personal Favorite! – The food at Parus is both delicious and authentic. The ambience is very low-key and welcoming. The dinner special are reasonable, great somosas! The night we were their Paul McCartney was in. High recommended.
Far from South Indian Food – First the place is good & nicely decorated. The service was good. The food was hot and was ready in reasonable time.
Now to the Food Part. It is completely different from South Indian. The food may be good for people who doesn't want any spice at all or doesn't know how actual South Indian Food is. If you are from South India and have high hopes then please don't go here. The DOSA (Cirspy stuff made from Rice/Cream of Wheat) was not tasty at all. Again I am comparing to typical South Indian Food. So If you want to have typical South Indian stuff try other place not this one.
Cheaper than actually going to Madras – I spent a month in South India a few years ago, and this is by far the closest thing in the states to that I have found, (and I have looked). Even in NYC, where I am from, there are a few VERY expensive places in midtown that cater to high minded business types, but they can't hold a candle to Paru's. I question why there is a big poster of Sai Baba, but that's just me. Seriously, if you have only ever been to the Indian places in strip malls or something (which I am sure some are excellent), try this out.
Delicious South Indian Food – A wonderful hideway near Silverlake & Los Feliz.
The outside leaves you wondering but this is real diamond i n the rough. Authenic home-style south indian vegetarian dishes are served here. Its simple but delicious and leaves you peacefully blissed out. The patio has tables which is great in the summer time , otherwise request a table inside the small house in the back. All in all a gem!
Warm Atmosphere and Food with Depth – Don't let the caged outside scare you, Paru's may not be in a great area- but the food inside will make it worth the risk.
The dining room is very small, if you want room to stretch out, take a seat in the outside patio area.
The entrees are very large, VERY filling for one person- but not quite enough for two. I was dissapointed by the absence of naan on the menu, but was pleasantly suprised by the wealth of items I had never seen before. I ordered the "Tandore Double" a large platter composed of chutneys, breads, sauces, idilli, vadai, and uppuma. Each part of the dish stood out and added its own unique flavor.
Service was very quick, a little too quick actually, and the waitstaff was very amiable.
Overall, not outstanding, but I'd definitely go back for the ambience and all around quality.
Never a dull moment! – This place is a sanctuary! We dine here all the time, it's like coming home! The staff, waiter and owner really knows his/their business! The food is very, very good and very authentic!!! The place is very spiritual (very cozy and there's nothing like it). Overall, the people are very, very nice and the food they serve is Heaven!!!! I'm not a vegetarian, my girlfriend is, but I'll travel far for this!
passage to india – paru's has easily become one of my favorite L.A. restaurants. this hole-in-the-wall restaurant is easy-to-miss, but i personally prefer it that way. it still unfortunately catches some hollywood fuzz, but for the most part, its aura is untainted and remains peaceful, relaxing and very authentic. its indoor seating is sparse, about ten tables total, and you don't have much room between them. somehow, the place remains quiet even when packed and people are standing at the door, staring at you and your food savagely! the vegetarian platters (yogi's delight) are delicious. i highly recommend the lentil soup as an appetizer. the prices are unbelievably reasonable. and the wait staff, as down-to-earth as you could hope for, especially in L.A.
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